DEKALB, Ill. -- Tyrice Richie took a shovel pass in the Northern Illinois backfield, added an acrobatic flip over a would-be tackler near midfield and turned it all into a 71-yard touchdown to spark the Huskies to a 17-14 win over Western Michigan in the season finale Tuesday night.
Down 10-0 at intermission, LeVante Bellamy brought Western Michigan back with second-half touchdown runs of 6- and 16-yards.
The victory moves the Huskies to 4-4 in the Mid-America Conference in Thomas Hammock's first season as head coach at his alma mater. Overall NIU finished 5-7, with a string of four straight losses early in the season to Utah, Nebraska, Vanderbilt and Ball State.
NIU finished with 250 yards of total offense in the game. Richie's 71-yard catch made up most of the team's 93-yard passing total.
Bellamy finished with 21 carries for 128 yards to lead Western Michigan (7-5, 5-3).
The coronavirus and college sports: NCAA reopening plans, latest news, program cuts, more
When will college football and other sports return to action? Will more athletic programs be forced to cut sports because of financial strains? Here is the latest on how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting the college sports world.
National Junior College Athletic Association expected to move football season to spring
The NJCAA is expected to move its football season to the spring following a vote scheduled for Monday.
Are conference-only games the right call for the Big Ten?
Frank Isola and Michael Wilbon break down how conference-only games will affect the Big Ten and collegiate athletics as a whole.
Maryland halts football workouts after nine positive tests across several teams, staff
Maryland has suspended voluntary workouts for its football program after nine individuals -- not necessarily all football players -- tested positive for the coronavirus, the school announced Saturday.
How Burrow plans to translate college success to the NFL
Louis Riddick breaks down how Joe Burrow will try to translate his college success to the Bengals with a young head coach and talent around him.
SEC commissioner's concern 'high to very high' about football season
SEC commissioner Greg Sankey stays aware of the coronavirus numbers while trying to prepare for the worst-case scenarios.